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ATC issues 4-day judicial remand for Musharraf


Pakistan, Islamabad News –  The anti-terrorist court in Islamabad on Saturday sent former military strongman Pervez Musharraf on a four-day-long judicial remand in the judges’ detention case. Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi of the anti-terrorist court issued the order which makes it imperative for Musharraf to re-appear in court on May 4.

Following the conclusion of today’s hearing at the ATC established yesterday, Musharraf who had departed from the court’s premises under heavy security was taken to the Police Line Headquarters.

During the hearing, the police had requested Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi to order a judicial remand for the former president. Whereas, the petitioner’s counsel, Ashraf Gujjar, had requested the court to order a physical remand of the retired general.

Gujjar had also objected to the fact that Musharraf was brought to the court with heavy security.

Moreover, Musharraf’s lawyers have been seeking bail for their client which was cancelled by the Islamabad High Court earlier this week.

Also on Friday, the former president was arrested in the judges’ detention case and was shifted to the Police Line Headquarters from his Chak Shahzad farmhouse. A local court in Islamabad had moreover granted two days’ transit custody of the retired general to the police and had directed them to produce him before the “court of competent jurisdiction/Anti Terrorism Court on or before April 21, 2013”.

The general who is the first former army chief and head of state to be arrested is being kept at the Officers’ Mess and given the suite of Inspector General of Police. AP

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